Starting and Maintaining Your Food Business
When building a new food premise or making structural alterations to an existing food business you need to apply for approval from the Environmental Health by filling out the Approval to Construct or Alter a Food Business Application.
Prior to opening your business you will need to arrange for an inspection of the premises by an Environmental Health Officer to ensure all food is being stored, handled, cooked and served safely. If they are satisfied that the premise complies with the Food Act and the Food Safety Standards Code a certificate of registration will be issued to you allowing you to trade. How frequently officers visit will depend on the type of food you are serving, who your customers are and how high your food hygiene practises and records are.
For more information on opening a food business download the Guide to the Design, Construction and Fit Out of A Food Business info sheet or contact the Environmental Health Team to discuss your plans.
Operating a Food Business From Home
If you would like to open a food business you will need to complete a Notification/Registration of a Residential Food Business Application.
The Department of Health advises that only low risk food activities can be carried out from domestic premises.
Low risk food activities – includes the production of:
- Jams and marmalades
- Nougats, fudges, meringues and Turkish delights
- Cake decorating and repacking of bulk packaged low risk confectionery products
- Pickled onions
- Herb vinegars with a pH of less than 4.5
- Chutneys, relishes and sauces that are heat treated by boiling or cooking
- Spices and spice mixers such as Dry Curry Powder with ingredients being purchased from an approved food business
For more information on operating a food business at home read the Food Act 2008 Fact Sheet.
Fixed Food Business
If you would like to operate a 'Fixed Food Business', you will be required to fill out an Application for Notification/Registration of Food Business.
Below is a list of some types of fixed food businesses; for a more extensive list, please refer to the application form.
- Hotel/Motel/Guest house
- Childcare Centre
Please note: if you are an existing food business who will be making structural alterations or layout changes, you will be required to lodge an application for Approval to Construct or Alter a Food Business Application. It is also a requirement to undertake a Foodsafe Program, I'm Alert Online Food Safety Training or other food handling training programs.
For further information, please contact the Environmental Health Team.
Food Trucks, Mobile Food Businesses and Food Stalls
If your business is based outside of the City of Melville but you are intending to operate a mobile food business within the City, you will need to fill out a Notification/Registration of Temporary Food Business form. If you are thinking of starting up a new business as a mobile trader within Melville you will need to register with us as a Mobile or Temporary Food Business.
In addition you will need to submit a Permit Application under our local laws for either a Stall Holders Permit if you will be attending organised events, or a Traders Permit if trading as a mobile vehicle or from a specific location within the City.
Scores on the Doors
The City operates a hygiene recognition scheme and awards businesses that meet and exceed food safety requirements with a star rating system out of five. Score on the Doors is free and those who agree to participate receive a certificate they can display informing customers how high their food hygiene is.
Businesses who meet the requirements of food safety legislation will receive a certificate with three stars and are categorised as good.
Businesses who exceed legal requirements will be awarded four or five star certificates and are categorised as very good or excellent.
Please refer to Scores on Doors - Participants to see which of your local businesses have already joined the scheme.
Applying for a Liquor Licence
If you wish to obtain a liquor licence for your food business, you will be required to submit the following to Environmental Health Services;
You will also be required to complete page 2 of 2 of the Certificate of Local Planning Authority (section 40) form and submit to the Planning Department via online services.